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Consol CEO defends retirees’ package


A former Consol Energy Inc. miner on Wednesday called the Cecil company’s treatment of some retirees “shameful” and asked board members to consider making cash payments to replace discontinued health benefits. “I don’t think it’s too much to ask that somehow we get a result to this situation,” Robert Long, 66, of Peters told about 75 employees, board members and ...

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Protesters target Dominion’s proposed gas pipeline


GLEN ALLEN – About 150 protesters gathered outside Dominion Virginia Power’s annual shareholders meeting Wednesday morning and accused the company of “dirty energy investments” and “dirty politics.” Many of them came on a bus from counties in the path of a proposed $5 billion natural gas pipeline from West Virginia to North Carolina. Dominion says the pipeline is essential for ...

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Celebrate National Drinking Water Week in Penn., or maybe not

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This week the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is celebrating National Drinking Water Week, which may not be something you want to join in on after recent news. Over the course of this week, the DEP is encouraging residents of Pennsylvania to “conserve water and make every drop count.”  However, after considering the recent news what is believed to ...

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Chesapeake Energy: More land, more drilling means being better than the rest

While already being the top dog in eastern Ohio’s Utica Shale play, Chesapeake Energy wants to take on more land and prove it can drill more efficiently than other operators in the region. Today, while executives went over the company’s first-quarter earnings, talk about Chesapeake’s efficiency, especially in Ohio, became the main topic of discussion.  As reported by the Columbus ...

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Southwestern Energy is moving in on the action in Pennsylvania

Southwestern Energy Co. is tossing around the idea of building an operating base in southwestern Pennsylvania’s shale fields. As reported by the Pittsburgh Business Times, Paul Geiger, Southwestern’s senior vice president of the company’s new Appalachia division, explained, “The company is looking to set up what he’s calling a ‘forward operating base’ — a dual purpose satellite office and equipment ...

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U.S. private sector adds 169,000 jobs in April: ADP

U.S. private employers added 169,000 jobs last month, the fewest since January 2014 and far below economists’ expectations, a report by a payrolls processor showed on Wednesday. Economists surveyed by Reuters had forecast the ADP National Employment Report would show a gain of 200,000 jobs. March’s private payrolls were revised down to an increase of 175,000 jobs from the previously ...

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Chesapeake Energy has loss, sees more output

Chesapeake Energy Corp <CHK.N> on Wednesday raised its oil and gas production forecast for the year even as the second largest U.S. producer of natural gas reported a quarterly loss related to lower commodity prices. Chesapeake, like other shale producers including Devon Energy Corp <DVN.N>, has slashed budgets in response to the crude oil price collapse, but a focus on ...

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Environmental group files lawsuit against N.C. MEC


SANFORD – Unhappy that the state’s Mining and Energy Commission can overturn local rules for hydraulic fracturing, an environmental group recently joined residents of Chatham, Anson and Granville counties in filing a lawsuit. The suit, filed against the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the N.C. Mining and Energy Commission and the N.C. General Assembly, seeks to remove the ...

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Pittsburgh needs 21,000 affordable homes, task force reports

Mayor Bill Peduto’s newly named Affordable Housing Task Force has daunting numbers to chip away at. For starters, a shortage of 21,000 homes in Pittsburgh that are affordable enough for families of four whose income is $24,000, which is 30 percent of the area’s median income for that size household. Attorney Robert Damewood of Regional Housing Legal Services called the ...

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County commissioner incumbent Daryl Miller discusses his views

TOWANDA – The natural gas industry has been “a phenomenal economic shot in the arm for Bradford County,” and it has played a big role in making Bradford County “the envy of the state of Pennsylvania,” said Republican Daryl Miller, who is running for his second four-year term as a Bradford County commissioner. Miller said he is proud of the ...

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